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Poster: Jim F Date: Feb 22, 2011 2:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: KPFA Marathon Highlight's 02/19/11

I guess I'm not the only one who notices a bit of a slump in late 1970? I think the year just bled them dry. So much great music, but at times a grueling schedule. Then there was the death of parents, the Lenny/Mickey Hart fiasco and departure, etc. Even New Year's Eve 1970 is rather tame, imo. The end of the year just doesn't have that fire to it, not much jamming and in that sense similar to the first half of 1971. It's like they all got together on 2/18/71 to say a final goodbye to a certain era of music, then began a new chapter the very next day.

Weird though, late 1970 reminds me a lot of late 1969 in some ways.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 22, 2011 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: KPFA Marathon Highlight's 02/19/11

December '70 was a slump compared to the months preceding it... The Oct/Nov '70 eastern tour was the longest tour the Dead had been on, so that probably left them frazzled, but I'm not sure that explains it. Partly it may be the difference between the laid-back California shows and the high-energy November New York shows! The Dead's '71 style was pretty much underway in Dec '70 - shows with lots of songs, and maybe Good Lovin' would be the big jam of the evening. (And not one Dark Star!)